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Acad Med. 2008 Oct;83(10 Suppl):S29-32. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318183e37c.

Elapsed time between teaching and evaluation: does it matter?

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. kmcowen@mail.med.upenn.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Web-based course evaluation systems offer the potential advantage of timely evaluations. The authors examined whether elapsed time between teaching and student evaluation of teaching impacts preclinical courses' quality ratings.

METHOD:

The overall relationship of elapsed time with evaluation rating was explored with regression and ANOVA. Time between teaching event and evaluation was categorized by weeks. Within-teaching-events means and variances in evaluations related to elapsed weeks were compared using repeated-measures ANOVA.

RESULTS:

With more elapsed weeks, quality mean ratings increased (P < .001) and variability decreased (P < .001); effect sizes were small (average effect size = 0.06). Trends were similar in regression analysis and for data aggregated by event.

CONCLUSIONS:

Summaries of event quality are negligibly impacted by evaluation timing. Future studies should examine the impact of other Web-based evaluation features on evaluation.

PMID:
18820495
DOI:
10.1097/ACM.0b013e318183e37c
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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